The Diversity Champions Programme 

Guidance for applicants and their line managers

Supporting our wider Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Vision, the Provost Commission Forum for EDI Innovation has focussed on understanding our environment and culture, and actions to improve these, in respect of harassment, dignity and respect on the campus of all forms. As a result of this, we have identified a need to ensure that ‘front-line’ staff, who come into frequent contact with students in academic, professional services or pastoral sense, better understand basic EDI principles and frameworks. Furthermore, we wish to aid these staff by improving their confidence, knowledge and skills to appropriately handle incidents which may be reported to them informally or formally, supporting students and fellow staff as necessary.

We have engaged Advance HE to deliver staff training to colleagues to enable these people to clarify and embed EDI principles and support among ‘front-line’ staff (those who deal with students directly in any capacity at the university). This will largely be achieved through co-delivery and stand-alone delivery of EDI content (provided by our EDI specialists) through workshops and seminars across the University. These workshops will be offered across all Colleges and Directorates and will be advertised via the University Weekly bulletin.They will take place starting Spring 2020 and continue into 2020/21 academic year. All colleagues are strongly encouraged to take part.

As a result of completing this training you will have:

  • Challenged assumptions, clarified and improved understanding of basic EDI terms, principles and practice in a HE context
  • Considered and clarified appropriate professional and practical behaviour/actions when faced with possible incidents of harassment or inequality
  • Increased personal confidence and capacity, empowering delegates to address issues presented to you
  • A safe network of practice and support among fellow delegates, and have considered your ongoing needs
  • Built your capability to support the wider workforce through training and support delivery, both independently and co-delivered with the EDI team

The training is three whole day workshops (10:00-16:30; except first session 09:45-16:15) which is scheduled over a period of six weeks.

In between each workshop, you will meet as a group for three one-hour Community of Practice meetings. These meetings will be used to feedback about the training, stimulate discussion, embed learning, address issues and queries and will also be the foundation for the delivery programme post-training.


  • Week 1 - Workshop 1: How we got here; Understanding privilege; What the law says: 24th February 2020 at 09:45 - 16:15 – Forum Training Suite.
  • Week 2 - Community of practice meeting: 4th March 2020 at 13:30 – 15:00 - Laver LT3
  • Week 3 - Workshop 2: Follow on from Workshop 1; Addressing issues on campus: 11th March 2020 at 10.00 - 16:30 - Forum Training Suite.
  • Week 4 - Community of practice meeting: 19th March 2020 at 12:30 – 14:00 - Building: One Koladle Teaching Room
  • Week 5 - Workshop 3: Follow on from Workshop 2; Supporting selves and others; Next steps: 27th March 2020 at 10:00 - 16:30 – Harrison 107.
  • Week 6 - Buddying workshop: 23rd April 2020 at 09:30 – 11:00 - Physics 124
  • Delivery programme over 18 months.

Once the six weeks training programme has completed you will meet again as a group for a 1-hour buddying session where you will identify a partner with whom you will work to co-deliver EDI training within your College/PS directorate.  This will be supported by the EDI and People Development team who will join your first delivery session to mentor you and evaluate success.

The training you will undertake represents an investment by the University of £1,000 (per person) for your professional development and ongoing CPD. Should the minimum commitment not be reached without good reason, we will seek to recover the full cost of your attendance at this training.

Following completion of the training delegates will be expected to commit to a minimum of 15 hours and a maximum of 20 hours of training preparation and delivery over the space of the 18 months following successful completion of the training.

Part-time colleagues will be expected to commit to the same number of hours but over a pro-rata period of time (eg a 75% role would deliver 15-20 hours over 24 months; 50% role over 36 months; or multiples of this).

You will be co-delivering short (around 1.5 hours) workshops, within your own College or PS directorate, with your buddy that will help us build a more inclusive University by supporting colleagues and raising awareness of EDI issues.  The EDI and People Development team will support you in this delivery.

The content and resources for all delivery will be provided. You will also work with the People Development Events team to secure rooms and schedule delivery.

You will: 

  • coordinate and deliver at least one EDI workshop per term, starting Spring 2020, using the resources as provided by the EDI team.
  • recruit participants using your departmental networks, prioritising those for whom the training may be most beneficial.
  • work with existing EDI committees.  e.g. College inclusivity group.
  • continue to participate in the EDI champion community of practice to share ideas and experience.

We are seeking delegates who have some experience of tackling EDI issues and, ideally, who have some experience of delivering training or at the minimum are competent presenters.

The training is by application only and applicants must have the approval to attend the training, and complete the follow-up commitment, from their line manager.

AdvanceHE train the trainer Nomination Form 2019-20